Peace, Love, Joy and Happy Accidents

Good morning!  I made it about a quarter of the way into last night’s premier of Downton and then it was bed for me!  I have established a very bad habit of late night activities and late morning rising.  It seems my body is enjoying the schedule, and my insomnia is better, but it does not bode well necessarily for work, especially when I have to teach at 7 or 8am some days!

So I am back with another entry for the CASE Study Challenge.

This one was great fun to put together, and some parts were a happy accident!

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So initially, I had dyed the paper with Distress Inks in the colors of the Challenge image.  My plan was not to use the paper as background, but rather cut out the birds and the wreath with from the dyed paper.  However, when I looked at the paper, I just loved what had manifested and I changed course!  I dyed more paper for the birds and another wreath (which will be featured in the next post), and decided to move in a more woody than white direction for this card.

I cut the Papertrey Ink wreath from woodgrain paper, and then dyed it with Walnut Distress Ink.  My mama and baby bird are Memory Box dies, and I cut a bunch from the dyed paper to get 2 birds that really had a wonderful feathering.

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The flags are actually washi-tape covered cardstock (you may recognize this washi tape, as I love the woodgrain and have used it quite a bit!) that were die cut with Spellbinders dies.  The white curly-cues are actually the scrap from an EK punch I have.  Sentiment is from Avery Elle.

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So this card is a bit more rustic and fluid than the clean design of the cookies, but I maintained the colors, embellishment shapes found in the doily & cookies, and circular nature with the wreath.  I just love how this turned out, as it is a one-of-a-kind creation.  That’s the fun of the Distress Inks.  My fingers are almost fully ink-free days after!

Please see my next post for other cards that followed in the wake of this one thematically!

Wishing you peace, love and joy!

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